USC AD Pat Haden stepping down from selection committee

On Friday morning, Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the College Football Playoff, announced that USC Trojans athletic director Pat Haden will be stepping down from his position on the CFP selection committee.

Haden says that he is stepping down at the advice of doctors.

“I am reluctant to step down, but my doctors advised me to reduce my traveling,” said Haden in a statement.  “With the weekly CFP meetings about to start and the travel commitment involved, I had to make this difficult decision.  I feel it is in the best interest of the CFP and also of USC, with our current football coaching change and our upcoming Coliseum renovation.”

“It was an honor to serve on the College Football Playoff Selection Committee.  I have such high regard for the CFP process and for the committee members, who devote such time and energy to the great sport of college football.  It was a pleasure to serve alongside them.  I want to thank the committee members, as well as CFP executive director Bill Hancock and his staff.  They all do wonderful work.”

Haden was in his second year of his two-year term.

On Tuesday, November 3, the now 12 member committee will release their first rankings. The College Football Playoff field will be finalized on Sunday, December 6.

“We will miss Pat,” Hancock said. “He knows and loves college football and brought excellent insight to the process, but we all understand.”

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